Saturday, June 28, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

upcoming releases from our friends at MusicOnVinyl


Iconic Classic Rock heroes Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker teamed up in 2005 for a short string of Cream reunion shows in the UK's finest concert hall, Royal Albert Hall. After their late '60s split, the band had not been playing together, except for a one-off 1993 gig at their induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Cream had not only remained a legendary band, but at the time it seemed extremely unlikely that they would ever play live again. Therefore these live recordings are a heaven's send to Rock fans all over the world, those who are eager to hear these monsters of Rock back in action. And many fans and critics agreed that the band sounded better than before. A worthy coda to their brief but impactful career.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Printed innersleeves
  • Insert


Them Changes is the 1970 release by American Rock and Funk drummer, vocalist, composer and producer Buddy Miles. He was a founding member of The Electric Flag (1967), a member of Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys (1969-1970), founder and leader of the Buddy Miles Express and later, the Buddy Miles Band. In addition to Jimi Hendrix, Miles played and recorded with Carlos Santana, Mike Bloomfield and others.

According to critics Them Changes is one of the great lost treasures of Soul inspired Rock music. The album stayed on the charts for more than a year and the title track became Miles' signature song. With this album Miles not only proved himself to be a great interpreter of songs of others, but also demonstrated his ability to write solid material on his own.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Gatefold sleeve


Love Is The Message (1975) is the second album released by Philadelphia International Records house band MFSB, and widely regarded as one of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's shining moments. The album serves as a landmark LP for Philadelphia's mid-'70s Soul movement. The album hit the 4th spot in the Billboard Album Top 200, and topped the  Billboard Top Soul LPs Charts for quite some time.

This Grammy Award winning album includes the number one hit "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)" featuring The Three Degrees. The song became the theme song for the immensely popular television show Soul Train, the dance show that still defines the Disco era. The song "Love Is The Message" would go on to be an enormous underground hit in New York's late-'70s disco scene, championed by influential DJs such as Larry Levan. In addition, the album also features the orchestra's take on "Touch Me In The Morning", a song popularized by Diana Ross that was another proto-disco classic.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Including "TSOP",  theme from the television show "Soul Train"


The Four Tops were among a number of groups, including The Miracles, The Marvelettes, Martha and the Vandellas, The Temptations, and The Supremes, who established the Motown Sound around the world during the 1960s. The group was the main male vocal group for the highly successful songwriting and production team of Holland–Dozier–Holland, who crafted a stream of hit singles on Motown. Their immaculate four-part harmonies gave voice to many of Motown's most enduring songs.

Their self-titled album (1964) included the singles "Baby I Need Your Loving" and "Ask the Lonely". You'd be hard pressed to find two better singles on a debut album, both being the cornerstones of Four Tops. A debut to remember.  On 180 gram audiophile vinyl


MASTODON: Debut LP Remission to See Deluxe Reissue

Remixed and Remastered Relapse Classic to See August 5th Re-Release 

Relapse Records is proud to present a deluxe reissue of MASTODON's seminal debut LP Remission, a record that would immediately establish them as one of the most important bands in the history of heavy music.  Exploding onto the scene in 2002, MASTODON combined an unparalleled level of musicianship together with songwriting sophistication that simply did not exist amongst their peers.  Over a decade after its release Remission remains one of the most important titles in Relapse’s rich catalog, and it is with that appreciation that the label is proud to present a super-deluxe version of this classic record put together with the full cooperation of the band themselves.

The album has been fully remixed by original producer and engineer Matt Bayles  and remastered by Ed Brooks at RFI.  The CD cover art has been dramatically enhanced to showcase the iconic Remission horse in a beautiful custom 3D embossing with a UV gloss, special custom varnish and foil stamping.  Additionally, album artist Paul Romano scoured his vaults to unearth 24+ pages of previously unreleased artwork originally created for the Remission album.

The album will see it’s reissue on August 5th (N. America), August 4th (UK/World) and August 1st (Germany/Benelux/Finland) on CD and a deluxe 2xLP boxset.

The CD version comes with a Remission sticker while the 2xLP box set is strictly limited to 2000 copies worldwide and includes a 11”x11” 24 page book featuring the gorgeous new artwork from Paul Romano along with an exclusive etching of the Remission horse.  A special black/gold vinyl box set edition is available exclusively at and comes with a special, full color Remission turntable slipmat.

Pre-Order 'Remission' (Reissue) HERE


Future Islands 'On the Water ' Available On White Vinyl  

Thrill Jockey has announced that for a limited time, Future Island's 'On The Water' will be available on white vinyl with artworked inner sleeve and free download coupon. (CD version comes in a digipack with 6 panel booklet.)

Future Islands' romantic synth sound scales new heights with 'On the Water,' the Baltimore trio's most ambitious and fully realized statement yet. Built around a song cycle exploring love, loss, and memory, their latest album finds the band continuing to deliver pounding rhythms, swelling melodies, and undeniable hooks - but finding new ways to probe inner space and tug at hearts.

Convening in March 2011 in Elizabeth City, NC's historic, waterfront Andrew S. Sanders House, vocalist Samuel T. Herring, bassist William Cashion, and keyboardist Gerrit Welmers lived together in a space that served as both studio and sleeping quarters. The band used this tranquil retreat to refine their most reflective and mature batch of songs to date, adding new material in the process.

What emerged is a lush yet visceral album about two parallel journeys--one physical and one psychological. On the Water's narrator offers enough detail that their story feels personal, yet open enough that any listener can inhabit each twist and emotional pang as their own.

Order at ThrillJockey

Future Islands 'In Evening Air' Available On Orange Vinyl

Comprised of J. Gerrit Welmers (synthesizers and programming), William Cashion (bass), and Samuel T. Herring (vocals), Future Islands has continued to make passionate music through an electronic medium for the past four years. [Although, the three have been working and performing since the spring of 2003.] They call their music "Post-Wave," taking in part from the emotional fragility of New Wave and coupling it with the power and drive of Post-Punk.

Future Islands' music is spearheaded by Welmers, whose layers of synths and drums create the landscape for Cashion's punching-strum style, that pulses and fights--the two--creating noise and bliss.

Herring, who has been called "one of the most magnetic frontmen in indie rock," finds his space in between. Carving through the music, at times, with a whispering croon, and at others, with a deathly wail.

CD version packaged in a 4-panel digipack with 4-page booklet.  LP version includes artworked inner sleeve and free download coupon.  Currently shipping on opaque orange vinyl!

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‘Night Of The Demons’ And ‘Witchboard’ Coming To Vinyl This Year


Basin Street Records gets back into the vinyl business with new Rebirth Brass Band albums


Collectors Of 78s Remain Addicted To The Old Sounds - Connecticut Devotees, Young And Old, On The Hunt For Rare Gems


from the great state of vermont:

‘Analog & Vinyl’: The devil visits a record shop in world premiere musical


As vinyl returns, they've got it covered


from our neighbors to the north:

The Act of Listening's Changed Since Music Went Digital


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 6/16 - 6/22, 2014

Vinyl Top 25:
1. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
2. Jack White - Lazaretto
3. First Aid Kit - Stay Gold
4. The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
5. The Antlers - Familiars
6. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin I
7. Earth - Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull
8. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III
9. Arctic Monkeys - AM
10. The Black Keys - Turn Blue
11. Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal
12. Earth - Hex
13. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
14. Katy Perry - Prism (picture disc)
15. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires Of The City
16. Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour
17. David Gray - Mutineers
18. Paul Westerberg - 14 Songs
19. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II
20. Boris - Noise
21. Joe Meek - The Emotional, Cosmic And Occult World Of Joe Meek
22. Yautja - Songs Of Descent
23. The Rolling Stones - Through The Past Darkly
24. The Avett Brothers - Emotionalism
25. D Watusi - Dark Party


album cover art of the day:

Details On Debut Album "Firebreather" Announced By Sunless Sky